Seager, Fulmer take Rookie of the Year honors
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 15, 2016 09:58 AM
FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2016, file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers' Corey Seager hits an RBI single during the third inning of Game 3 of the National League baseball championship series against the Chicago Cubs, in Los Angeles. Corey Seager of the Los Angeles Dodgers is the favorite in the NL, while Michael Fulmer of Detroit and Gary Sanchez of the New York Yankees are top contenders in the AL when the Rookie of the Year awards are announced Monday night, Nov. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
NOAH TRISTER, AP Baseball Writer
Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager and Detroit pitcher Michael Fulmer were on Monday named National League and American League rookies of the year, judged by voting from the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
Seager's unanimous victory was almost a foregone conclusion after he hit .308 with 26 home runs and 72 RBIs this year. Fulmer, on the other hand, had to hold off a late challenge from New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez, who hit 20 home runs in only 53 games.
Fulmer's season-long contributions for Detroit won out. The right-hander went 11-7 with a 3.06 ERA in 26 starts for the Tigers. He ended up receiving 26 of 30 first-place votes from the BBWAA, outdistancing Sanchez by a total of 142 points to 91.
Cleveland outfielder Tyler Naquin finished third in the AL race.
Seager received the maximum 150 points in the NL vote, followed by Washington outfielder Trea Turner (42) and Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda (37).
Seager is the 17th Dodgers player to earn Rookie of the Year honors — easily the most of any team — but the franchise hadn't had a winner since Todd Hollandsworth in 1996.
The Dodgers, when based in Brooklyn, had the first Rookie of the Year when Jackie Robinson won in 1947. They also had four winners in a row from 1979-82 and five in a row from 1992-96.
Seager, a first-round draft pick by the Dodgers in 2012, was the second player in a row to win NL Rookie of the Year unanimously. Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs did it last year.
Seager joins a list of Dodgers Rookie of the Year winners that includes luminaries like Robinson, Fernando Valenzuela (1981) and Mike Piazza (1993).
Fulmer is the fifth Tigers player to win the award, joining Justin Verlander (2006), Lou Whitaker (1978), Mark Fidrych (1976) and Harvey Kuenn (1953).
Fulmer made his big league debut this April and lifted the Tigers with a sensational stretch leading up to the All-Star break. From May 21 through July 6, he went 7-1 with a 0.63 ERA.